The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent national nonprofit that uses science to protect our health, safety, and environment. We are scientists, engineers, economists, activists, and everyday people who develop and advocate for innovative, practical solutions to some of our planet’s most pressing problems—from combating global warming and developing sustainable ways to feed, power, and transport ourselves, to fighting misinformation, advancing racial equity, and reducing the threat of nuclear war.
At this pivotal point in the climate crisis, it’s time for bold action—and a rapid and equitable transition to a clean-energy economy. The Union of Concerned Scientists is accepting applications for an Energy Modeler who will help realize this vision by conducting analysis and modeling of clean energy and climate policies at the state, regional and national level.
At UCS and in our Climate & Energy Program, we’re excited about the unprecedented opportunities ahead: with dramatic progress in renewable energy and energy storage, the potential to expand and upgrade energy transmission and distribution systems, and the emergence of strong options for electrifying buildings and transportation. We’re committed to enacting policies that create a just and equitable transition to a renewable energy future, and to broadening and diversifying the voices shaping energy decisions. As Energy Modeler, you would analyze the economic, environmental, public health, energy burden and equity impact of clean energy policies and programs.
Skills and Topic Keywords: Non-profit, Energy Modeling, Climate and Energy Policy, Computer Programming, Quantitative & Analytical Research, Electricity Capacity Expansion Models
- Use of models and spreadsheet tools to evaluate climate and energy policies at the state, regional, and national levels.
- Conceptualize and design modeling scenarios with input from other UCS staff and external partners.
- Quantify energy, economic, environmental, public health, energy burden and equity impact of policies and programs. Develop algorithms to bridge geographic and/or temporal scales to understand the impacts of national/state policies on local communities.
- Contribute to the drafting and review of reports, papers, fact sheets, blogs, and other products, highlighting the results and implications of research results through text and visual materials.
- Prepare and deliver public presentations of analytic results and reports at conferences and meetings.
Qualifications and Experience
Position requires 3 to 5 years of comparable and relevant experience using energy, electricity sector, pollution dispersion or public health models, with more experience preferred. Familiarity with and experience using the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Regional Energy Deployment System and other electricity capacity expansion models is highly desirable. Computer programming experience and skills are also required, with knowledge of Python preferred. Experience with Tableau, ArcGIS, or other visualization tools is also desirable. A master’s degree or higher knowledge of energy economics and/or pollution or health computational modeling is preferred. Other requirements are:
- Extensive knowledge of energy and electricity sector or pollution and public health models and other research tools, and their application for analyzing renewable energy, efficiency, and grid technologies, markets, and policies,
- Strong quantitative, analytical, mathematical and research skills,
- Demonstrated ability to manage and deliver work timely and with an attention to detail, as well as to work effectively in a team setting, and
- Proficiency with computer models, spreadsheets, word processing, and presentation software.
Comparable training and/or experience can be substituted for degrees when appropriate.
May spend extended periods at computer. May include occasional overnight travel.
UCS is an equal opportunity employer actively seeking to diversify its staff. We’re dedicated to broadening opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy. We’re also committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive. We believe the inclusion of culturally diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and environmental outcomes for all, including historically disenfranchised communities.
This is a full-time remote position based in proximity to UCS’s Cambridge, MA office. For those who meet all position requirements, the salary range is $90,601 to $101,930. *For CA residents only, UCS offers a 12% salary differential.
UCS offers excellent benefits and a rewarding work environment.
Information about the organization is available at http://www.ucsusa.org.
More about the team:
Our team is made up of a dedicated group of researchers, scientists, communicators, campaigners, and advocates from wide-ranging backgrounds and experiences. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive team and a collaborative and supportive work environment where all staff can thrive. We continually strive to create an environment which is a welcoming place for the LGBTQ+ community, people of color, parents, empty-nesters, and people with a wide variety of interests and backgrounds.
To Apply: We know there are great candidates who won’t check all these boxes, and we also know you might bring important skills that we haven’t considered. If that’s you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself. Please upload a cover letter and resume. In the cover letter, please confirm that the listed salary meets your expectations. Upload materials in Word or PDF format only. No phone calls, please.
This position is in the bargaining unit.
Covid Mandate for New Hires:
For in office roles, UCS employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Employees are considered fully vaccinated as defined by the CDC. All new hires who will be reporting to an office location must provide notice of their vaccination status and vaccination documentation, on or before their first day of work. For all others, UCS strongly encourages full vaccinations among its employees, up to and including booster shots, even if working remotely.
All new employees must comply with the mandatory vaccination requirements outlined in UCS policies as soon as practicable. The Union of Concerned Scientists will notify candidates for employment of the requirements of this policy before the start of employment.